1. The diagram below shows how strawberry plants undergo vegetative reproduction using runners.

(a) Explain what type of reproduction this is and state the advantages to the strawberry plant of reproducing this way
  • this is asexual reproduction

  • new plants grow from the runners

  • all the new plants are genetically identical to the parents

  • therefore they all have any favored characteristics present in the original

  • large numbers of offspring can be produced

  • guaranteed success with asexual reproduction (sexual reproduction may be unsuccessful)

(b)  What type of cell division is occurring in this type of reproduction?
  • mitosis